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Blog -  Markup & Profit

Markup and Profit is a new feature to FenceWeek. Michael Stone is a coach and consultant for construction companies throughout the U.S.. Although the advice is not specific to the fence industry, we hope you agree that his advice is spot on.

A coaching client recently talked to me about a client being rude and nasty with both her and her husband... Markup Blog

Pricing Survey

Now that the summer is over, and hopefully you have a little more time, we would like to put out another job for bid. The idea is to see how a real job would be priced throughout the country.
Just email a bid/estimate with your location and we'll put it out there.

Here's the last one on a white vinyl job from Wisconsin: White Vinyl Pricing Survey

Industry News

HySecurity distributor/dealer/end user tech training - Nov 8th - 10th 2006
Press Releasse, Kent, WA - Sep 22, 2005
HySecurity hosts its annual, intensive, hands-on THREE day technical seminar on Nov 8th - 10th at their manufacturing plant in Kent WA ...

Decking Industry News

Manufacturing Dubreuilville's wood wastes
Northern Ontario Business, Canada - Oct 17, 2006
... Its most widespread use is in outdoor decking, especially in the US, but it's also used for railings, fences, landscaping timbers, cladding and siding ...
Meet the new wood on the block: Brazilian ipe
Bradenton Herald,  United States - Oct 22, 2006
... Handling: Ipe decking should be allowed to sit for a few days before it's installed to acclimate to temperature and humidity levels. ...

Fence Contractors in the News

Massachusetts Attorney General, MA - Oct 19, 2006
NEW BEDFORD -- A Dartmouth fencing company has agreed to pay over $6,000 in restitution to consumers for violating the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act...
Rick's Custom Fencing helps children in need
Hillsboro Argus, OR - Oct 17, 2006
Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking of Hillsboro is not only known for providing high quality products and customer service, but also for being community oriented ...
Firm fined for not recycling
Shropshire Star, UK - Oct 23, 2006
Telford company Grange Fencing was landed with a £30,000 bill after its bosses repeatedly failed to make sure packaging was recovered and recycled. ...
Defamation suit filed against workers comp fund
Appalachian News-Express, KY - Oct 22, 2006
... to the suit, Adams was injured after he fell down a hill while carrying rolls of wire to install a chain link fence for Ray's Fence Company, based in ...

Fences and Neighbors

Good Fences Don't Make Good Neighbors in Bellaire
Wheeling News Register, WV - Oct 17, 2006
BELLAIRE Good fences apparently don't make good neighbors in a Belmont County village ... Clifford of 3650 Monroe St., tried to tear down a fence Smith was ...

Local Government Issues

Weather may delay bridge 'suicide fence'
Central Maine Morning Sentinel, ME - Oct 18, 2006
AUGUSTA -- Weather may halt work on controversial suicide-prevention fencing before its ... Debate over whether to replace the chain-link fence and its design have ...
Commission OKs fence amendment
Benton County Daily Record, AR - Oct 18, 2006
... a year on the books, the city's fence ordinance will ... to the ordinance now allows for fences in those ... are required to have some type of fencing or protective ...

DIY - Consumers

Nobody ever said picket fences are easy
Belleville News-Democrat, IL - Oct 21, 2006
BY SUZANNE BOYLE. On State Street in Freeburg is a pretty yellow house with red shutters and a white picket fence. The McGraw family ...
Put great gate at top of your list
Arizona Daily Star, AZ - Oct 22, 2006
Highbrow designers call them portals. You also might hear them referred to as transitional spaces. In the language of the ordinary homeowner, they are, quite simply, gates...

Community Issues

MassHort fencing its Elm Bank acres
Wellesley Townsman, MA - Oct 19, 2006
By Cathy Brauner/ Townsman Staff. MassHort will hold meetings on its dog-walking policies on Thursday, Oct. 26, in front the Hunnewell Building at Elm Bank. ...
Guardrails could prevent head-on collisions on Alley
WBBH, FL - Oct 23, 2006
COLLIER COUNTY: Alligator Alley has cable fencing to keep drivers from going into canals, but there is nothing to keep drivers from crossing the median and ...
Build a fence at riverside
LaCrosse Tribune, WI - Oct 21, 2006
By CAITLIN SCHETTER / La Crosse. Another young man's life has been taken in the Mississippi River, and it is time do something about it. ...
Trenton Times, NJ - Oct 20, 2006
... Road. The lights from the intersection are clearly visible beyond the property's fence, even from the front of the Valdez home. ...

Community Fence Projects

Arizona Artists Encouraged To Apply For Coronado Fence Project
EVLiving - Oct 19, 2006
... residents, North High representatives and the city's Office of Historic Preservation, as well as the Street Transportation Department and the fence contractor. ...
Clinton College fence marks community effort
Rock Hill Herald, SC - Oct 18, 2006
Jo Sherrill Dickert looks at the plaque on the new Clinton Junior College fence that was dedicated Wednesday in honor of her late father, Albert D. Sherrill. ...

Fences in the Courts

Colorful fence declared 'garbage'
Monessen Valley Independent, PA - Oct 19, 2006
For two months, a public dispute has simmered over the fence, which is considered refuse by code-enforcement officials there. ...
Family sues over removal of fencing
St. Petersburg Times, FL - Oct 18, 2006
... John Wayne Hamilton alleges that county crews violated his family's civil rights earlier this year when they cut down barbed wire fencing surrounding property ...

Homeland Security

Security steps costly for utility
The Republican, MA - Oct 21, 2006
... 16 when intruders cut through the inner and outer perimeter fences and through a locked gate on a stairway and gained access to the top of a LNG storage tank. ...
PHA Commission Delivers Access Control, Bayport Projects
PrimeZone (press release), CA - Oct 23, 2006
... Also, cameras will be installed on the fence line for perimeter ... of operations in the event of primary transformer failure; -- Fencing changes; -- Installation ...
Independence Park fence plan scuttled
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA - Oct 21, 2006
A controversial security plan that called for construction of a permanent six-foot-high wrought-iron fence through Independence Square has been largely ...

Farm Fencing

Farm wants fence
Ft. Washington Montgomery Newspapers, PA - Oct 18, 2006
... According to the application, the farm plans to construct a 12-foot-high, wire-mesh fence with 10-foot-high, black metal "estate fencing" and gates at the ...
Fencing protects water, helps cattle
Richmond Register, KY - Oct 23, 2006
... Jeremy McGill of Gallagher Power Fence Systems showed how electrical fencing can protect water supplies such as ponds, lakes and streams. ...
Growers eye fence on river
Monterey County Herald, CA - Oct 22, 2006
... Fencing fields will help protect crops, but it won't be a guarantee ... "You can't fence every property ... She said river-channel fences would be "one of the tools in ...

Other Border Fences

A world of fences
Christian Science Monitor, MA - Oct 18, 2006
... killing each other because they're separated by a fence. ... A strip of border fencing near San Diego has reduced ... Indeed, fences are fraught with complications. ...
Kazakhstan building fences on parts of Uzbek border to stop ...
International Herald Tribune, France - Oct 20, 2006
... A total of 45 kilometers (28 miles) of fences will be built in four ... The 2.5-meter (8-foot) barbed-wire fencing equipped with searchlights will "turn smugglers ...
China building N Korea fence
Taipei Times, Taiwan - Oct 17, 2006
... Tumen River starting in 2003, and since last month, China has been building wire fences along the ... I think the wire fence work will likely go on to control this ...


$16 Million Fence! Sandy Pointers Call on Government
Democrat Newspaper, St. Kitts and Nevis - Oct 21, 2006
... Sandy Pointers now call upon the Government to complete the fencing of the playfield. If $16 million can be found to fence canefields and an incomplete golf ...
Govt will finally fence Bellevue Hospital
radiojamaica.com, Jamaica - Oct 22, 2006
The Health Ministry is moving to construct perimeter fencing on sections of the property housing the Bellevue Hospital. Sunday morning ...
Residents' fury over new security fences
News & Star, UK - Oct 23, 2006
... to keep drunken yobs out of their gardens have been given new fences – without any ... Avenue and Levens Drive asked CHA to install security fencing because of ...
'Anti-throw' fencing for Sydney's trains
Ninemsn, Australia - Oct 21, 2006
Security fencing is to be installed alongside certain sections of Sydney's Cityrail ... The custom built "anti-throw" fences would be installed on railway bridges ...

Weird News

Wild bear attacks racehorses
Canoe Network CNEWS Oct 23, 2006
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - A wild bear attacked three racehorses on a practice run in central Sweden but was forced to retreat into the forest with a broken leg and a bruised ego, news reports said Monday...

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